I thought for a while that the upcoming American version of Top Gear to be aired on the History Channel was an example of Network Decay... until I realized that the History Channel probably doesn't air many automotive ads. The brilliance of the original version of Top Gear is that, since it airs on The BBC, they can't advertise anything, freeing the hosts to give their honest opinions about cars as opposed to making the show a glorified infomercial. Airing the American version on a network that doesn't rely on advertising revenue from automotive manufacturers would help preserve that impartiality. Time will tell if the show is any good, though, but that's a reason to hope for the best. —ferrarimanf355
James May admits he probably has some kind OCD that you could set your watch to, and he admits being terribly afraid of heights... the only reason he has been able to fly to the edge of space, pilot a blimp-caravan, and knows how to fly an aeroplane is because he's so busy checking his instrument panel that he's forgotten he's flying.
Although, in fairness, many people who are afraid of heights are still comfortable when flying on a plane. Remember, it's not the height which you're actually afraid of, it's the fall. Since planes are relatively well insulated and safe, there's no chance of this happening.
Outtakes from the Porsche Panamera race show Hammond and May repeatedly headbutting the camera light, which is has always been mounted on the top passenger-side corner of windscreen in every car they've ever filmed. They were even made fun of extensively during the Top Gear Awards the next series for this. But when you think about it, how often do any of the presenters actually sit in the passenger seat?
The "Stig Farm" sketch after the departure of the Ben Collins Stig makes a lot more sense when you remember that Clarkson enjoyed Harry and Paul's "Clarkson Island" sketch, which similarly had Clarkson clones raised on a farm and some of them turning out to be defective.
The Morris Marina will forever be known as the show's perennial Butt Monkey, which could lead people to wonder how a club of people who like the car, i.e. the Morris Marina Owner's Club, could even exist. But let's not forget: in the 2 events the Marina (seriously) took part in (its premier showing against other Communist-built cars, and the "Rear Wheel Drive vs. Front Wheel Drive" race where James was forced to use it in a race), it was victorious. Apparently there is something to this dinky little car after all. (So long as it stays clear of pianos.)
Then again, it is also the number one scrapped car in Britain (out of over 807,000 sold, only 745 are still on the road), and there's also the cars it was competing against.
Which also explains why the members of the club are so furious about the presenters, seeing how they potentialy destroy still functional models for fun.
While James is doing his first top speed run in the Bugatti Veyron, he says "No wonder Michael Schumacher retired. He's slower than I am." This statement becomes a little more meaningful when you remember that James' nickname is "Captain Slow".